Pour on Personality: What Salad Dressing Use Says About You

Pardon me for prying, but are you a topper, a mixer or a dipper? The next time you sit down to a big bowl of your favorite salad, take a good gander at a behavior you probably haven’t ever given much thought -- how you’re applying the dressing. A survey conducted for the Association of Dressings & Sauces found that the various techniques we use to tackle the task reveals plenty about our personality and demographics.

Salad Dressing Topper
If you’re a Topper, you’re in good company. Folks who douse their salads with dressing and begin eating without stirring or with very minimal stirring, account for 50 percent of those surveyed. Men are more likely to be toppers than women. My hunch is that a man doesn’t care to be bothered with the time and trouble of getting each lettuce leaf properly coated with dressing; he just wants to dump on the good stuff and get after it. For those into “topping” salads with dressings, a nice-flowing product works best and keeps dressing from getting clumped up in any one particular area on the plate.  Litehouse Food’s line of Pourables will make the salad of any Topper pop!

Salad Dressing Mixer 
If you’re a Mixer when it comes to salad dressings, chances are you’re a woman. Thirty-seven percent of people surveyed said they preferred to thoroughly mix or blend the dressing for a salad into the ingredients. I wonder if this is because women, as a generalization, exhibit a finer attention to detail when it comes to the dinner plate? Or, is it that the female gender just likes to keep things stirred up? Perhaps the later; the survey shows that mixers view themselves as “more sociable” than toppers. Another point to mention is that some salads, by their very nature, call for dressings to be completely mixed in – as in the case of coleslaw. If you’re a Dipper, you either home-prepare or order your dressing on the side and then submerge salad ingredients into a ramekin one forkful at a time. While only about 11 percent of salad eaters identify themselves as dippers, they are a gregarious group who see themselves spontaneous and outgoing. Another interesting fact about “dipping” is that it’s an upscale phenomenon; more than 82 percent of dippers own their own homes and almost 70 percent hold a college degree. Personally, I like to dip when the dressing is quite thick in rich, like the in the case of Litehouse Food’s scrumptious Chunky Blue Cheese. As the eater of many salads I have to point out that topping, mixing and dipping aren’t the only ways to apply salad dressing. There is also “spritzing” from a spray bottle, “drizzling” so delicately that it’s like marrying the technique of “topping” with “mixing,” and then finally “forking.” What, have you never forked you salad dressing before?! The technique is similar to dipping; but, instead the fork is submerged into the dressing before picking up the lettuce leaves. It’s a method used by dieters who are trying to achieve maximum flavor while consuming as little salad dressing as possible. My final thought on salad dressing usage and what it says about you: in this case, it’s not at all considered crazy to have multiple personalities!

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